Installation Questions 2 Post Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

NO but YES. Most lifts have only one column that can be used to mount the power unit. This column has the mounting bracket. Make sure that you install that specific column on the side where you want to locate the power unit.


Yes, but the extra hydraulic hose will act like a reservoir which may require more hydraulic oil to be added to the system. Ask your salesperson about œremote mounting your power unit.

Most of our two post lifts and most of our commercial grade four post lifts come with the appropriate number of anchor bolts to mount the lift to the floor. The customer will always be responsible for providing the necessary hydraulic oil for the lift.

Most 2-post lifts comes with enough 3/4" x 5 1/2" concrete anchor bolts for the initial installation of your lift. If you need to shim one column over one inch, then you need to purchase longer anchor bolts (3/4" x 7") Additional anchor bolts are available for purchase through Greg Smith Equipment Sales or from your local hardware or home improvement stores.

Use common sense. First, you probably do not have an expansion joint in your garage floor.

Please read article below about expansion joints:

You probably have a control joint either cut into your floor when the concrete was partially cured:

Or "grooved into your floor" when the concrete was wet:

A control joint should not affect the integrity (strength) of your four (4) inch concrete slab as it relates to your two post lift installation. A control joint is normal "cut or grooved" to a depth of about 25% of the total depth of your concrete slab. Control joints are used to prevent irregular cracks forming in your slab.

Normally, you can mount the columns right over the top of these control joint. You can even drill through the joints. After the hole is drilled and the anchor is placed into the hole and the nut is tightened, you will know if the anchor is going to "hold". If the nut tightens to the correct torque then the anchor is secure. HOWEVER, you will need to check (for the first 30 days) the anchor each time you use the lift to make sure it is still tight. After 30 days, you will need to check the anchor periodically. Once again, USE YOUR HEAD!

No...use a cherry picker. The overhead cross beam (although made of heavy steel) is designed to be only a conduit for the hoses and cables! .

Probably not! A forklift has the majority of its weight located in the rear of the body. This rear weight acts as a counterweight to the front of the forklift where the load is lifted. A forklift has weight dispersion much like a pickup truck with a load of sand or gravel in the bed. Both vehicles have a disproportionate amount of weight in the "rear end".

A forklift that weighs 6,000 LB. may have 5,000 LB. of its weight concentrated in the back 35% of the forklift's wheelbase. A loaded ONE TON pick truck, much like a fork lift, may have a disproportionate weight located in the back 30% of the truck's wheel base. Also the lifting points on a fork lift are much more narrow and further away from the lift™s columns than car or truck. The two post lift is the œstrongest when the arms are spread out at close to a 45 degree angle from the column, not when the arms are full extended straight out from the column. If the lift arms are fully extended (nearly straight out from the column) and placed under the lifting points of a 6,000 forklift, there may be NO damage (permanent deflection) to the arms or carriage as the forklift is being raised. (HOWEVER, DO NOT DO THIS)!!!! Even if NO damage or deflection occurs as the forklift is being raised (smoothly)¦there will definitely be an enormous strain put on the carriages or arms if the forklift is lowered quickly and then œstopped on the locks. If this happens, damage or permanent deflection is likely to occur to the carriage or arms because of œabnormal heavy weight supported too far away from the columns.

If you need to lift a forklift into the air, please consider the mobile column lift system or a four post (dedicated forklift) lift. Lifts designed specifically to raise forklifts cost several times more than automotive lifts. There is a reason. These dedicated forklift lifts are overbuilt to accommodate and compensate for the disproportionate weight distributions of forklifts.

The lift operator must position a vehicle so that the weight on any of the four arms does not exceed 25% of the total lifting capacity of the above ground lift. The lift operator must understand that the "loaded" pickup truck will be positioned differently than that same truck without a load. Common sense is a must when using an above ground lift!

You may own a ONE TON pickup truck that has a œdry weight of only 6,000 LB., but if loaded with beans or pea gravel may weigh close to 8,000 LB. With a fully loaded bed, the rear end of the vehicle may weigh 5,000 LB. and the lifting points have changed in this loaded truck versus the lifting points of the unloaded truck.

A 9,000 LB. lift may or may not be the correct choice to lift this loaded vehicle. You would be better served to use a 10,000 LB. lift. The 10,000 LB. above ground lift has individual lift arm weight capacities of 2,500 LB. each.

Please consider the above situations when purchasing your new two post above ground lift.

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Raise the lift and DO NOT set it on the locks. Try to pull the cables together with the fingers of one hand. The cables should move toward each other about 1/3 of the way. If the cables do NOT move...they are too tight. If the cables can touch each other...they are too loose.

Certain models of our "overhead lifts" can be shortened "in the field" to accommodate some customers who are vertically challenged. Please call the lift technicians at Greg Smith Equipment to find out if the model of lift you are considering may be modified. If you are NOT mechanically inclined (or willing to pay someone that is mechanically inclined) then an "in field" modification will not be possible.. probably did (and lost it). However, most installation manuals are available on our web site. We can also mail, fax, or email a copy to you.